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YÜn-nan - The Link between India and the Yangtze. 

DAVIES Henry Rodolph Major (1909.)

£1000.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. 73 plates, 10 folding tables and large folding lithograph map in rear pocket. 8vo. Original cloth, an ex-library copy with stamps (Vum Ko Hau Siyin Burma, inscriptions dated May 9, 1957). Text lightly browned and some foxing, a few small tears, repairs to map, upper hinge cracked, overall still a good copy. [xii], 431pp. Cambridge, University Press, 

This is the first detailed description of the province by a Westerner. H. R. Davies (1865-1950) was an English army officer and member of the British intelligence service. He was in charge of the Yunnan Railway Company Expedition of 1898 which performed reconnaissance work for a proposed railway line from Burma through Yunnan to Szechuan. The major portion of this volume is a travelogue account of places, people, and things that the author witnessed in 5500 miles of travel in Yunnan and surrounding provinces. The appendices include essays on the topography, population, climate and products of Yunnan, and a description of indigenous tribes. Also included in the rear pocket are comparative vocabulary lists of Monkmer and Tibeto-Burman language families in Yunnan and Western Szechuan. The map remained the best survey of the region well into the 20th century. Rare. 

Stock Code: 224465